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tierra de oportunidad dijo en su discurso. richard blanco recitÓ una poesÍa, el es gay. y muchos asistentes que llegaron desde lejos desafiaron el frÍo y las medidas de seguridad. >>> nosotros estuvimos aquÍ desde las 6 de la maÑana, y vinimos desde los Ángeles. >>> esperamos mucho de obama en esta administraciÓn y lo apoyamos. >>> yo creo que es un mensaje para el apoyo radical, feminista, homosexual. >>> mas tarde se hizo el desfile tradicional por pensilvanya. >>> y bueno, esta asunciÓn dio tambiÉn con el dÍa que se celebra el natalicio de martin luther king. >>> casi de forma religiosa llegaron en filas y esperaron instrucciones para honrar al defensor de los derechos de los latinoamericanos. (cÁnticos ) >>> y quizÁs la inspiraciÓn para esta generaciÓn de soÑadores sirviÓ para que vinieran apoyar a obama. >>> estamos listos para luchar por una reforma migratoria. >>> estamos aquÍ porque queremos que obama cumpla con su promesa y no podemos darle otros 4 aÑos mÁs. >>> el sueÑo es que todos seamos legales. >>> y bueno, solamente el tiempo dirÁ si la reforma
su inauguraciÓn, richard blanco. >>> pensÉ en mis padres, mis abuelos, en todo el sacrificio, todo lo que ellos hicieron por mi. como que fue el fin de un capÍtulo en mi vida, el trabajo de todos lo que hemos luchado llegÓ en esa llamada. >>> este joven infante de marina el Único latino en la banda presidencial. >>> me emociona ser parte de un evento tan histÓrico y es exactamente lo que he querido hacer. >>> la lista es grande, uno de los mÁs esperados el grupo mana que es una voz importante en la lucha a favor de la reforma migratoria integral en el nuevo mandato del presidente obama. >>> con este sabor latino llegamos al fin de esta ediciÓn del noticiero telemundo, gracias por dejarnos ser parte de su tarde. >>> nos despedimos maÑana,
enseÑÓ. fue la declaraciÓn de richard blanco en el tercer momento hispano, su poema escrito se titula one today". hablamos con Él y le preguntamos si cuando el comitÉ lo invitÓ le pusieron alguna restricciÓn? >>> ellos no me dieron directriz, ni tema, y uno se pone a pensar que es un poema especial, no solamente de mi familia, es como un regalo a los estados unidos. >>> segÚn la historia oficial fuiste concebido en espaÑa, nacido en cuba, y criado en estados unidos. ¿quÉ eres? >>> depende del dÍa de la semana. (risas) >>> a veces me siento bien cubano, otras americano, es una pregunta que no tiene una respuesta definitiva. si hubiera una respuesta tan fÁcil no me tomarÍa tres libros de poemas, es una pregunta que me hago todos los dÍas. a veces pienso que eso de los cubanos no me llega tanto. >>> y menos viviendo en main. >>> y escucho celia cruz y la las lÁgrimas comienzan. >>> serÁn el primer latino y el primer gay en hacerlo en esta toma de posesiÓn, esto te limita? >>> para el poema en si? >>> para tu trabajo. >>> he escrito lo que me habla el corazÓn, en caso que yo h
presidencial de barack obama fue el poeta cubano-americano richard blanco. >> sin duda nos vamos con angie sandoval que estuvo con Él despuÉs del acto inaugural y tenemos la reacciones. >> mi rostro, tu rostro. >> si richard blanco pensÓ que su poema se perderÍa en la toma de posesiÓn. >> un delirio completo. >> el poeta mÁs joven y el primer hispano en haber tenido ese honor habla hoy dÍa de un tipo de reconocimiento que nunca esperÓ. >> lo mÁs bonito ha sido las personas en la calle que me han reconocido y me contandome de cuanto le gusta el poema. >> mÁs cuando nadie estaba supuesto escuchar el poema, practicarlo en su hogar en el estadio de maine dice que tomarÍa muchisima imaginaciÓn. >> mi sobrino tuvieron de visita e hicieron un mufrn cÓdimuÑeco como la lectura iba a ser, afuera en el frÍo, practicar leyendo el poema el muÑeco de nieve (risas) y le encantÓ. >> el muÑeco de nieve como los millones que lo escucharon posiblemente derretidos por su poema titulado un hombre. >> manos tan gastadas como las de mi padre cortando caÑa de azÚcar >> un homenaje a inmigrante
the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> today's inaugural poem came from richard blanco, a cuban american who says negotiating his identity as an american and as a gay man is the wellspring of poetry. he said he has lived the american dream as being named the fifth inaugural poet. here's part of the poem he read today to the president and to the world. >> we head home through the gloss of rain or weight of snow or the plum blush of dusk but always, always home, always under one sky, our sky. and always one moon like a silent drum tapping on every roof top and every window of one country. >> richard blanco joins me now. what a day this must have been for you. the first latino american to read a poem at thisinaugural, the first gay american to do that. what was it like? >> the actual event was just amazing. what i've come away with, of course, i've never done this before. it seemed very intimate and the atmosphere at that moment was in some ways, everything i was trying to achieve in the poem. and there is a sense of camaraderie that stays for at least a couple of hours. a
se noto con richard blanco, primer poeta hispano y gay en recitar 1 poesia en la ceremonia y en la bendicion del reverendo leon. rev. luis leon, iglesia de st. john's sr. presidente, y vicepresiden te, que dios os bendiga a todos sus dias.' muchos asistentes que llegaron de lejos desafiaron al frio y a las medidas de seguridad. miguel coronado, asistente a ceremonia una experiencia espectacular, venimos de california, el condado de los angeles, y estuvimos desde las 6 de la manana. otros dicen haber sentido la misma emocion de hace 4 anos.br ceremonia mira, aqui es el simbolo de obama. este es latinos por obama, esperamos mucho de el en esta administracion, asi es que lo tenemos que apoyar igualmente. 1 analista republicano critico el discurso como muestra que el presidente no quiere negociar. alfonso aguilar, sociedad latina principios conservado res creo que es 1 mensaje a su base, radical, de izquiera, feminista, el lobby gay, pero tambien 1 vision 1 poco distorsionado de la igualdad, de que el gobierno tiene que intervenir para redistribuir." mas tarde, fue la tradicional camin
made in cuba, assembled in spain and imported to the u.s. inaugural poet, richard blanco, joins me next. >>> but first, this has to be one of the cutest moments from the inauguration. malia obama photo bombing a picture she took of her parents kissing. you see her lean in to block the picture and making a funny face there. siblings will do that. a rare moment of intimacy on display with the first family. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. >>> the president's inaugural speech has left many people wondering what it will mean for the obama coalition. that means women, lgbt americans as well as
that is awesome. >> suarez: and inaugural poet richard blanco discusses what it means to be a part of such a momentous occasion. >> brown: we have more on the
, the poet is richard blanco, born in spain to cuban exiles to emigrated to this country, the first latino and first openly gay inaugural poet. today, we spoke to him about his connection to president obama and here's part of what he had to say, in his own words. >> the connection to the inaugural's very theme of our people, our future, to me, symbolizes the salt of the earth that was my family. you know, that their hard work, that we are all in this together, that it takes -- it takes a village kind of feeling. and so, that theme i identified by a lot. part of the life story that always resonated with me. i can imagine him as a child sort of having to negotiate some very important cultural questions as well as i have had as a cuban-american and that whole question of where do i belong? you know, what's home? the sense of the support of the family and that idea that our parents always wanted us, my brother and i, to always do better than them. i will never forget that speech at the convention, we are one america, and that made me feel so much like i was one of those ones. and even though m
richard blanco, hablamos con Él de su origen hispano y le preguntamos si cuando lo invitaron para este acto le pusieron algÚn tipo de restricciÓn. >>> no me dieron ningÚn restricciÓn y uno se pone a pensar que este es un poema especial, un regalo para estados unidos. >>> ¿quÉ eres, naciste en estados unidos pero con padres puertorriqueÑos? >>> bueno, a veces me siento cubano, a veces norteamericano, es una pregunta que no tiene una respuesta definitiva. si hubiera un a respuesta fÁcil, no me tomarÍa tres libros de poem poema, a veces pongo un poco de celia cruz y me caen lÁgrimas. >>> serÁs el primer poeta latino y gay, ¿haces un esfuerzo para ser escritor? >>> no, yo nunca, he escrito siempre lo que habla el corazÓn, en el tercer libro hasta ahÍ nunca escribÍ de la cuestiÓn gay, siempre el corazÓn me hablaba de entender mii lugar, n estados unidos y en amÉrica. despuÉs comence hablar de la identidad sexual y cultural, no es lo mismo ser un hombre gay, afroamericano o latinoamericano que uno norteamericano. >>> ¿tu regresaste a cuba? >>> yo tenÍa 8
making a sour faces during richard blanco's reading of a poem. doesn't look like a fan there. and malia caught in hopping for a quick photo bomb as sasha tried to snap a moment of the parents. both daughters were in good spirits, hopping and bouncing as guests took the stage. malia showed off her moves. it's so nice to see the girls grow up. from 2004 to now -- >> you've seen the change from, you know, president obama from four years ago and how he's changed, and then the girls, too. watching them grow up and seeing them in that moment, just enjoying it was awesome. >> absolutely. michelle obama always says she wants them to be normal, nice and well mannered. >> seems like she's doing a great job. >> doing a great job. members of congress will hold a news conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the landmark supreme court decision legalizing abortion in most cases. now a new nbc news/wall street journal poll finds 70% of americans say roe v. wade should not be overturned. >>> former penn state football coach joe paterno died on this date last year. joe paterno's legacy has been tainte
pais como tierra de oportunidades, la presencia latina se noto con richard blanco, primer poeta hispano y gay en recitar 1 poesia en la ceremonia y en la bendicion del reverendo leon. asistentes que llegaron de lejos se sintieron emocionado s. natalia olson-urtecho, visitante de philadelphiasi basa gente hablando y platicando en espanol. y el poema se refirio a la comunidad hispana." monica montano, visitante de san diego es algo muy increible la verdad, es 1 evento enorme. hay tanto orgullo." otros dicen haber sentido la misma emocion de hace 4 anos. pedro carrillo, ex-miembro de campana de obama seguro que si, mucho orgullo en este dia, estamos esperando mucho de este presidente pero lo vamos a apoyar. isaac faz, asistente a ceremonia igual de emocion, igual de energia y listo para ir a trabajar y para poder hacer algo bueno para este pais con el presidente.mas tarde, fue lal caminata por la avenida pennsylvania y el desfile ante la casa blanca.. standup: fernando pizarro, washington d.c. las celebraciones quedan atras y de vuelta a las realidad politica, que incluso esta semana podri
is the widow of slain civil rights leader medgar evers. also taping is richard blanco. his poems center around the idea of the american experience. >>> once the ceremony concludes, the president, vice president and their wives will take their celebratory walk from the u.s. capitol to the white house. >> they will be followed for the entire mile by thousands of people taking part in the inaugural parade. lauren demarco has more on that. >> reporter: four of the eight inaugural parade floats represent the states where the president and vice president were born as well as where they served as lawmakers. >> the hawaii float has the diamond head volcano on there. >> another four floats honor the extraordinary progress we have avenue medicine as a nation. one pays tribute to dr. martin luther king. another highlights civil rights. >> this represents a slew of different battles that we've seen in the civil rights movement throughout the years. >> the our people, our future float represents the theme of the inauguration. willy griego of denver is one of the citizen cochairs chose ton ride on it. >> th
escogido para participar en su y nau inauguraciÓn, richard blanco. >> despuÉs de la primera cosa que pensÉ en mis padres, mi abuelo en todo el skrif en todo lo que hicieron por mi como que fue el fin de un capÍtulo en mi vida que todo el trabajo mÍo tambiÉn y todo lo que hemos estado en esa llamada. >> tambiÉn este joven infante de marina fue el Único latino. emociona muchÍsimo en la parte del evento histÓrico y exactamente lo que he querido hacer. >> la lista es grande. >> uno de los mÁs esperados esta noche es el grupo manÁ que se ha convertido
el inicio de un nuevo mandato. >>> ahora el senador schulmer presenta a richard blanco, que fue concebido, como él dice en españa, nació en cuba y es ahora americano, vamos a ver >>> señor presidente señor vicepresidente estados unidos hoy, hoy un sol salió sobre nosotros, levantándose sobre las montañas, reflejándose sobre los lagos, diseminando una verdad simple, por las grandes planicies las montañas rocosas, una sola luz, bañando los techos, en una sola historia, con nuestros gestos silentes, pasando por las ventanas, mi cara, las caras de ustedes, miles de rostros en espejos, cada uno ansiando libertad, en un crescendo del día, los autobuses escolares, el ritmo del tráfico, los vendedores de fruta que se preparan armando arcoiris, buscando nuestro elogio, camiones con leche, petróleo, papel, recorriendo nuestras carreteras, junto a nosotros, cuando vamos rumbo a limpiar mesas, escribir libros, enseñar geometría, o trabajar empacando mercadería, como hizo mi madre por 20 años, para poder escribir este poema hoy, todos nosotros tan vitales como esa luz que n
-american poet richard blanco recited a poem called "1 today." he is the first latino as well as the first openly gay poet to read at an inaugural ceremony. >> my face, your face, millions of faces in morning's mirrors, each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day. the pencil yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights. africa stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows begging our praise. silver trucks heavy with oil or paper, bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us, on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives. to teach geometry or ring of groceries as my mother did for 20 years, so i could write this poem. >> cuban-american poet richard blanco reciting the palm "1 today" a president of his inauguration on monday. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. when we come back, we are here in park city, utah, the sundance film festival. one of the films that has just premiered is called, "dirty wars: the world is a battlefield." we will speak with the subject of that film and its producer, investigative jou
. and jill kelley trying to clear her name. >>> and the first gay and hispanic inaugural poet. richard blanco talks about the inspiration of his poem, "one day." and we leave you with kelly clarkson singing "my country 'tis of thee." ♪ to thee we sing >>> welcome back, everybody. she is the woman that tipped off the fbi to anonymous e-mails that led to the downfall of david petraeus. jill kelley gives an interview to howard kurtz. kelley went to the fbi when she got harassing e-mails traced back to paula broadwell. the investigation revealed that petraeus was having an affair. and then it looked into jill kelley and john allen. messages were described as potentially inappropriate. it was a big scandal. lots to get to this morning. howard kurtz, whose exclusive interview with jill kelley just posted on the daily beast. >> good morning. >> she talks to you black mail, threats. lay those out for us. specifically what was being black mailed? what kind of threats was jill kelley getting from paula broadwell? >> a very emotional interview. jill kelley talked about the nightmare her life has becom
. and richard blanco, appearing last night with anderson cooper. he was inspired to write "one today" after hearing then-senator obama speak at the democratic national convention in 2004. >> i always wanted to write a poem and i finally got an assignment and there were echoes of that in my mind, and something i've always believed, especially since i moved to a small town, that idea of unity, not only unity, but the fact that we're all so necessary, and every little piece is what makes this puzzle in america work. >> later on "starting point," soledad will sit down with poet richard blanco. >>> the mountains of park city, utah, looking like hollywood. the 35th annual sundance film festival. celebrities, and celebrity sightings and movies to see. "linsanity" one of the films we'll profile. and we'll take to you park city for a live report from our very own zoraida sambolin. >> very own movie star. >> 16 minutes past the hour. time for your morning headlines. >> honolulu star advertiser, with two hawaii bands at the parade. one features a hula troop. hawaii the only state to have two bands per
: and inaugural poet richard blanco discusses what it means to be a part of such a momentous occasion. >> brown: we have more on the fallout after lance armstrong's admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs to build his chpionship career. >> suarez: plus, mark shields and david brooks analyze the week's news. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> bnsf railway. >> support also comes from carnegie corporation of new york, a foundation created to do what andrew carnegie called "real and permanent good." celebrating 100 years of philanthropy at carnegie.org. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and friends of the newshour. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: information trickled out today about the siege of a natural gas plant in algeria. there was word that one american hostage had been killed, but a definitive accounting of all the captives remained
la bendicin... otro fue el poeta, richard blanco... en su poema, acentu las puertas que abrimos los unos a los otros con un simple saludo... exhortando a la union y no al distanciamient o indudablemente un da histrico... comenz con largas filas de quienes apostaron por ser testigos de la historia el escrutinio al que fueron sometidos no pareci impedirles estar aqui... todos con la esperanza de sentirse cerca de ese presidente americano que seguir en la casa blanca 4 aÑos mas cesar ---precisamente en el marco de su segunda toma de posesion y del dia de martin luther king que se conmemora hoy, el presidente obama insto a las personas a participar en un dia de servicio comunitario. ---pilar niÑo nos cuenta porque esto fue significativo para una escuela de oakland que esta lidiando con las secuelas de la violencia. take pkg 0:01 0:07 :47 :59 1:48 2:09 take pkg 23:05 asi y es que esta escuela ha sido golpeada de cerca por la violencia por lo que buscan caminos para crear paz23:11 15:42 en la jardineria en la jardineria...o limpiando y ordenando su escuela. asi pasaron hoy el dia estudi
>> then poet richard blanco. >> the "i have a dream" we all keep dreaming. >> and beyonce. ♪ and the home of the brave ♪ the brave >> and when it was over, the president paused as if to take it in one last time. then it was back to business, a signing ceremony making cabinet nominations official. senator reid was given the pen from the president's pocket. >> that's yours. >> followed by a congressional luncheon in the capitol's statuary hall. lobster and bison and apple pie and talk of getting along. >> if you don't like the food, you can't blame it on one party or the other. >> thank you, everybody. god bless you. and god bless america. >> after that, a moment to review the passing troops on the capitol steps. then, into the motorcade and the whole caravan headed back to the white house with a lot of folks waiting to see them along the way. today's inaugural parade extended a tradition that started with george washington himself. it included a more recent tradition in our modern age of lockdown security, actually getting out of the car and walking. jimmy carter started it 36 years ago.
da cierto reconocimiento que no hemos tenido >> como orador invitaron al poeta gay richard blanco, que también recordaron que la lucha por la igualdad abarca a todos, por la orientación sexual, palabras que hicieron eco en el distrito castro de san francisco. >> hay que unirsnos, no por ser gays las puertas están cerradas. >> es una fuerza, una unión >> el tribunal supremo de justicia emitirá un fallo respecto a la comunidad gay en junio >> cerca de 1 millones de personas llegaron a asistir a la investidura del presidente de los estados unidos, y los rios de personas bajaban por las calles de washington dc. >> las tan mencionadas bayonetas en uno de los debates presidenciales estaban presentes hoy en el desfile inagural del presidente barack obama, miles de personas compraron sus entradas y para muchos no fue difícil adquirirlas >> dabas tu nombre, con llena de información recibes un email confirmando la información, te llega un mail de invitación para que compres los tickets, hice eso y después con otro email hice una línea de las áreas de registración, fui hice la l
que con la participacin de figuras como ... la jueza sonia sotomayor... el poeta, richard blanco... el pastor cubanoameric ano luis leon... esta fue una toma de posesin en la que los hispanos brillaron... pero cuanto costo todo esto? desde los preparativos... hasta la seguridad... y lo que culmino hoy: de acuerdo con un portavoz de la casa blanca el gobierno se gasto un poco mas de 300 millones de dlares... de acuerdo con el mismo portavoz, este momento represento un poco mas de 2 millones de dlares... pero la actitud de los hispanos fue festejar... en todos los ambitos los latinos celebraron, inclusive con la presencia de bandas, como seguro que si... que vino desde orlando, florida... pero al preguntarles que quieren en esto prximos 4 aÑos... sot outcue: renovar lo cu y mire usted, las protestas no se hicieron esperar... el mismo dia que barack obama iniciaba su segundo periodo como presidente de los estados unidos, la gente salia a las calles a exigir una reforma migratoria... alba mendiola nos tiene el informe... 00:01 00:38 00:57 01:12 01:38 obama speech for alba 00.03.15.00 our
sing. ♪ ♪ ♪ [applause] [applause] >> wow! [laughter] our next distinguished guest is the poet richard blanco will share with us or is he has composed for this occasion. [applause] >> mr. president, mr. vice president, america - one today. one son rose on us today, a candle over our shores, peeking over the smokeys, greeting the faces of the great lakes, spreading a simple truth across the great plains and charging across the rockies. one light waking up rooftops under each one a story told by our silent gestures moving across windows. my faith, your face, millions of faces in mourning mayors, each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day, the pencil yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights, fruit stands, apples, limes, and oranges a raid like rainbows begging our praise. silver trucks and heavy with oil or paper, bricks or milk, steaming over highways alongside us on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives, to teach geometry, or ran up groceries as my mother did for 20 years so i could write this poem for all of us today. all of us, as vital as the one ligh
was caught making some sour faces during richard blanco's reading of the inaugural poem. doesn't look like he's a fan. >>> and from a frequent critic of president obama, conservative tact activist grover norquist feeted, "it is official. the best after-party tonight was chicago mayor rahm's." >>> for a look at the national forecast, we turn to dylan dreyer. >> good morning. it ended up being nice. >> dry and pretty warm. >> and temperatures were above average yesterday, but today the 20s will start working into the nation's capital. also 20s to take told across the northeast and even single dimgis through the northern plains. that cold air crossing over the great lakes which are still unfrozen is creating a lot of lake-effect snow. that's where we'll see most of the additional snow moving throughout the rest of this week. perhaps another 6 to 12 inches of snow possible. we also have some snow still continuing to fall across cape cod. not a lot. this storm system brought the bulk of the precipitation right to the southeast of nantucket. but we are still looking at some ocean enhancement to pro
the inaugural -- >> we're hearing from the poet born in spain to cuban exiles. richard blanco is
, para nosotros como latinos fue la declamaciÓn de richard blanco el momento mÁs emotivo, habla mos con Él ante del momento histÓrico, veamos la entrevista. >>> gracias richard. >>> gracias. >>> estÁs haciendo historia al ser honrado como poeta inaugural, una ceremonia que todo el mundo estarÁ viendo, como te sientes por ser elegido? >>> sÍ, un honor increible, todavÍa me parece un sueÑo, pero la verdad es como que un pedacito, un pedazon del american dolariz dream. >>> cuÁl fue lo mas difÍcil de escribir el poema, era algo especÍfico, cuÁl fue el reto mas grande a la hora de escribir el p poema? >>> sÍ, eso mismo, una voz muy intima, los temas son mucho de familia. entonces como hablar de eso, com como mantener la misma voz, como dicen, la esencia. >>> sÍ, esencia. >>> e incluir al paÍs, parte de los hispanos, quisiera hablarle a los hispanos nada mÁs, es un pueblo para estados unidos entero, ese fue el obstÁculo mas grande, lo que aprendÍ eso mismo que la voz mÍa. la voz poÉtica se puede decir, aunque estÉ escribiendo sobre ceci, mi mamÁ y estados unidos, eso apre
. this one by kelly clarkson, and a poem by richard blanco. reverend luis leon will give the benediction followed by beyonce. she's going to sing the national anthem, she had a baby, and she's going to perform at the super bowl. >> not to be upstaged, hampsto pearson is at the capitol. what are you seeing? >> beyonce got a much bigger cheer than i did. it was one of the more electric moments that just happened a few minutes ago when she and jay-z came in. you just missed the introduction of former president bill clinton and secretary of state hillary clinton and former president jimmy carter and wife roslyn. we are just minutes away from the arrival of, of course, the vice president, jill biden, and the president and first lady and their family. it's exciting. it's electric. we've got great weather, especially compared to four years or so here, and i have to say before the program sort of settled in, i saw more collegiality on the platform in terms of members of congress, both democrats and republicans, commingling, glad handing each other, coming up to the front of the rail, if you will
for us to name it together. [ applause ] >> richard blanco you can go to the "newshour" website for the interview that aired last week. very fascinating fella. >> much of his poetry is narrative of his own experience. there he was trying to tell a narrative of all of us. >> now my privilege to introduce reverend dr. luis leon to deliver the benediction. >> one little moment of drama leading up to this, he replaced original choice for this a meg church pastor became known for his anti-gay statement. luis leon is pastor here in washington. >> let us pray. gracious and eternal god as we conclude the second inauguration of president obama we ask for your blessings as we seek to become in the words of martin luther king, citizens of a beloved community, loving you and loving our neighbors as ourselves. we pray that you will bless us with your continued presence because without it, arrogance will infect our hearts, but with your blessing we know that we can break down the walls that separate us. we pray for your blessing today because without it mistrust, prejudice and rancor will
third grade, i feel that richard blanco would be a much better choice. >> not even a haiku today? nothing? >> nothing. i had watch. >>> still ahead, you will remember four years ago, the crowd made history, nearly 2 million people were packed in this mall. look at the pictures there. this time around, how big will it get? we'll take you on a tour. and i'll speak to bernice king as the nation marks mlk day. that ahead. back in a moment. meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. >>> welcome back, everybody. you are looking at the folks beginning come out on the mall on washington, d.c. a balmy 33 degrees. we're told it feels like 26 degrees here. the sun has come up. it will get a little warmer this morning. look at the folks out there. expected to see a crowded mall this morning. joined by mayor cory booker.
to read an original poem. cuban american civil jeer and author, richard blanco. so hispanics playing an important role on an important day in washington. john. >> a long day of firsts and a long day of celebration. dan lothian at the white house this morning. the crowd expected to turn up at the national mall, not expected to be as large as four years ago, when 1.8 million people crowded into the city. they are still expecting some 800,000 people today. nothing to thumb your nose at. christi paul on the national mall where crowds are gathering. >> they are gathering and dressed to impress and to stay warm. no doubt that things have definitely picked up in the last half hour, so we've seen a lot more people. with me now is 10-year-old mari and her mom michelle who feels a special kinship with michelle obama and mckenna as well. mari, ten yearsed old. you moved from california a couple of years ago, what do you want to see today? >> inside the white house. >> reporter: you want to see inside the white house? >> you think that's going to happen? >> yes. >> they got on the train at 3:30
next guest read his powerful poem, one today, at yesterday's inauguration. richard blanco joins us straight ahead on "morning joe." [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ male announcer ] just like you, business pro. just like you. go national. go like a pro. i obsessed about my weight my whole life. i figured i was just born that way. i was always on some new, life-stopping diet. and then, weight watchers. it lets me be me. and i naturally became a healthier me. i amazed myself. get used to it. because when a weight loss program is built for human nature you can expect amazing. introducing the new weight watchers 360 program. join for free and expect amazing. because it works. this reduced sodium soup says it may help lower cholesterol, how does it work? you just have t
have to look at where she might want to go to college. >> poetry reading will make history. richard blanco will be the first latino to read the poem. he grew up in miami. he lives in maine working as a civil engineer and author. blanco will be the first openly gay poet to recite the inauguration poem. >>> we're getting a bird's eye view of the district before the swearing. >> check out these pictures taken on board the international space station. chris hat field posted this shot of the town lit up on saturday night. this one was taken yesterday. you can see the potomac river on the left with the mall cutting through the middle. you can make out the washington monument and the capitol. can you see it there? >> little more than a bird's eye view i think. >> the technology there. >> amazing to see. >>> it is 5:51 right now. 35 chilly degrees outside our studios. let's check in with storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein for what you expect this morning. >> there's capitol hill. we're under a mostly cloudy sky now. reagan national airport 35 degrees. we've got a northeast wind around 1
will be just the fifth inaugural poet in the nation's history. richard blanco was, as he says, "made in cuba"-- he was conceived there; "assembled in spain"-- his mother gave birth to him there; and quickly "imported to the united states"-- he grew up in miami. he trained and worked as a civil engineer before turning to poetry. he's published three volumes, most recently one titled "looking for the gulf motel". blanco now lives in the small town of bethel, maine. on monday, he will become the first latino, the first openly gay, and the youngest poet to read his work at a presidential inauguration. welcome. >> thank you. >> congratulations. >> pleasure to be here. >> let me get to some of these firsts first, this inauguration say political event and it is a rare meeting of in your case politics and poetry. what do you see yourself bringing to it? ness well, i think first and foremost hopefully a great-- it is a question that had been ploting airport in the air. i would think and i would hope that i would hecht select first and foremost obviously for respect and admiration for my work. but it
by thy might ♪ ♪ great god and king >> ifill: in another of the day's first cuban-american poet richard blanco became the youngest inaugural poet ever and the first hispanic or openly gay person to recite a poem at the ceremony. in one passage he paid tribute to the victims of last month's elementary school shooting in newtown, connecticut. >> all of us, as vital as the one light we move through, the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day, equations to solve, history to question or atoms imagined, the "i have a dream" we all keep dreaming or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain the empty desk of 20 children marked absent today and forever. >> ifill: a rev. of st. john's episcopal church where the first family worshipped this morning gave the been diction >> we pray for your blessing because without it, we will see only what the eye can see. but with the blessing of your blessing, we will see that we are created in your image, whether brown, black or white, male or female, first generation immigrant american or daughter of the american revolution, gay or str
williams, the widow of medgar evers became the first woman to deliver the inaugural prayer. poet richard blanco is the first latino to recite the inaugural poem, as well as the first openly gay american to perform the honor. supreme court justice sonia sotomayor became the first hispanic american to administer the oath of office when she swore in vice president joe biden. president obama spoke with these historical moments in mind during his speech. >> our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see america as a land of opportunity. >> in many ways, this speech was progressives. this is what we have been waiting for to hear for four years. the president is older now, and certainly wiser to the position about how washington works. but at least for today he will not let trivial politics derail the progressive course that this country is on. president obama looked out to the crowd on the national mall today and saw the fu
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